• Deborah trained as a teacher before becoming producer/writer of a national kids’ TV show called Cheez TV, where she wrote scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how astronauts go to the toilet in outer space. She left after 7 years and has since become an internationally published and awarded author of 27 books, including the hugely popular Max Remy series, Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen. Her crankiness about climate change led to the middle grade trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. 

    Teresa A New Australian was
    inspired by her family’s survival and migration to Australia after WW2 and The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, is about
    a shy girl whose family encourage her to follow her dreams and enter a spelling
    competition. Her picture books are Wolfie An Unlikely Hero and Bear in Space.

    Deborah’s won awards for her books, including the
    USBBY Outstanding International Book Award in the USA, Children Book council
    Awards USA and Australia, the Maurice Saxby Award for Services to Children’s
    Literature, best book in Translation Malta, and many children’s choice awards.

    Deborah is the NSW ARA for SCBWI Australia East/New Zealand. www.deborahabela.com


  • Deborah has visited tens of thousands of children, their teachers and librarians over the past 20 years. She has taught and spoken at international schools, conferences and festivals across Australia, encouraging children to love books and reading, and equipping teachers with practical activities to foster a joy of writing in their students.

    She believes every child has the right to an education and to the ability to read as essential ways to make the world fairer and more just.


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